Calling all sleuths, spies and CSIs |

Calling all sleuths, spies and CSIs

Special to the DailyBoulder children's musicians, Mary Sue and Cari kick off the summer reading program at local libraries today at 10 a.m. at the Gypsum Public Library, 1 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library, and 3:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.

Super sleuths and daring detectives are invited to put on their deerstalker hats, grab a spyglass and “Get a Clue at Your Library” this summer at the Avon, Eagle and Gypsum Public libraries. That’s the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program, which is geared to elementary school children, and begins June 13 and runs through Aug. 1.

The libraries have lined up a full schedule of events from mystery stories, movies and music to puzzles, games and crafts-for free. Registration begins today with a kickoff performance at each library by Boulder children’s musicians, Mary Sue and Cari. The stomping, clapping and singing will begin at 10 a.m. at the Gypsum Public Library, 1 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library, and 3:30 p.m. at the Avon Public Library.

When they sign up for the summer reading program, each child receives a free book bag with a schedule of events and a reading log to keep track of time spent reading. Reading incentives tied to the theme, such as invisible ink pens, mustache disguises and magnifying glasses, are awarded throughout the summer as children reach targeted reading goals.

And summer reading isn’t just for kids. Area teens (students entering grades 6-9) are invited to register for “You Never Know (YNK@Your Library)” the week of June 18. Teens will discover great reads, decipher codes, conduct forensic investigations, participate in geocaching activities and more.

Boulder children’s musicians Mary Sue Rogers and Cari Minor captivate kids and parents alike with their whimsical puppets, magical harmonies and natural spontaneity with the audience.

Mary Sue and Cari belt out original tunes that keep young ones dancing, older kids laughing and parents humming along. Forget about dragons and dinosaurs (although they may sing about them too.) They get real with what to do when your child writes on the wall or when a bug crawls in your ear or what kind of shoes are the best. They have produced two children’s CDs together, “Music with Kids” and “Here We Go Again”.

Growing up, Mary Sue provided the entertainment on family road trips by making up silly songs to “boooring” sites along the way. She still writes silly songs (and some not so silly) to share at concerts. For many years, Mary Sue led music at camps and church events. She plays the guitar, mountain dulcimer, ukelele and frog. She likes wearing funky hats and collecting small instruments.

Cari Minor has been playing guitar and writing music since she was a teenager. Her first CD of original folk music, “Returning” (1999), celebrates her returning to music after taking time for raising children. “Lucky” (2002) is collaboration with Ray Smith, she sings on Ray’s CD, “Dance On a Wire” (2001), and in 2005 Cari and Ray celebrated the release of “Twisted Trees”. In 1999 and 2002 Cari was a finalist at the New Songwriters Competition at the Lyons Folk Fest in Colorado, and in 2004 she was a finalist in the Colorado Telluride Festival. She is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist and collaborator.

For information on dates and times for any of these programs call the Avon Public Library at 949-6797, the Eagle Public Library at 328-8800, or the Gypsum Public Library at 524-5080, or visit our website at

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, all programs are free and open to the public.

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